Tuesday, March 20, 2012

chick chick chick chick

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It's that time again....
BABY CHICKS!!!


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This means lots of peeps and squawks. Pecking and sleeping. Heat lamps and special chick feed.

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And chicken snuggles!

Another local photographer had a special mini easter shoot and wanted someone to take the chicks when she was done - because she's a responsible person, unlike the girls I saw carrying baby ducks into the wallsmart.  Something tells me they'll be snapping turtle food in about 4 weeks.

:(

Anyway, yep, you don't need to clean your eyeballs.... they are colored.  She colored them herself carefully with some food color.  They are ok - don't fret.  They'll lose all this color once they lose their baby downy feathers. 

In just a week, they are a good 30% bigger.  Soon they'll outgrow their tub which is in my dining room.  We'll set the playpen up again and watch out, it'll be a real treat.

Watch this space for more photos of chickens than you ever wanted or dreamed of.


In semi-related news...

RIP Daisy Chicken.
*sad face*


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Tanner found her next to the lilac bush.   Poor Daisy.  No idea what happened to her.  I've had several chickens die recently unexpectedly.  From what I understand, chickens are really good at hiding when they are sick so you don't know what's up until it's too late.  Thinking back, I haven't really seen much out of Daisy the past few days.

She was such a good chicken, and was the one I'd go find when a kid wanted to hold or pet a chicken.  She was docile because my neice Tayen packed her around like a kitten the first 5 months of her life.

She was also a little bit dumb, which I have found makes for a pretty good pet.
Don't tell Jingles I said that.

I know some people think it's "just a chicken" but she was still a living creature that lived here and we got much enjoyment from - much like other people's dogs and cats.

We'll miss Daisy Chicken.

2 comments:

Angela said...

Awww. They're so darn cute! My parents raise chickens as well, and are also saddened when they lose one. RIP Daisy.

Angela
http://ajarndtbooks.blogspot.com/

LisaDay said...

I am sorry about Daisy chicken. A pet is a pet no matter what kind of creature it is. Those chicks are adorable.

LisaDay

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